Darren Bent says that the Scotland fans will be sad to see West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass hanging up his boots on the international stage.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he is a big fan of the 32-year-old attacker and that his lack of regular game time at club level might have limited his chances with his country.
Snodgrass released a statement via his personal Instagram account last week confirming his decision to retire from international football after making 28 appearances for the national side.
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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream. It’s been such a special feeling pulling on that Scotland jersey since I was 16 years old. There’s been many highs throughout my international career which I’ll always remember with fondness, including my debut against Northern Ireland, winning 2 international player of the year awards, and my hat-trick in Malta. It’s now the right time for me to step aside though and retire from @scotlandnationalteam and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward. I want to especially thank the Tartan Army for their special support you’ve showed me over the years. I will never forget this. A massive thank you also goes to everyone at the SFA for looking after me since I was a young boy, including Frank Reilly, Doc McLean, Jonesy, managers, coaches, staff, the physios, massage therapists, kit men and the media staff I’ve worked with over the years. I will now watch as a fan and I hope to see us play at a major tournament again soon – fingers crossed the boys do it come March! Snods 🏴 ❤️🏴❤️
Bent says that the supporters will be disappointed not to see him pulling on the dark blue shirt of Scotland any more but that it is a wise move considering the competition he has for game time at the London Stadium.
Bent told Football Insider: “He’s been a great servant for Scotland but now he’s got some real tough competition at West Ham so he needs to make sure he remains fresh. Good on him, he’s had a good Scottish career.
“He’s got all the good quality but he seems to drift off the radar sometimes, back and forth, back and forth, so maybe that’s gone against him. I really rate him, I think he’s had a really good career.
“He’s been a good servant for Scotland and I’m sure the fans will be sad to see him go.”
Snodgrass has just one start and four appearances from a possible eight in the Premier League this season, the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko keeping him out of Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI.
The former Leeds and Norwich man has 59 games under his belt for the Irons, having been in and out the side during his time in the capital.